Harley Softail Deluxe: Two-Wheeled Gangster’s Paradise

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Harley Softail Deluxe

This classy and understated yet powerful and flashy custom Sportster build has everything you’d expect in a gangster.

Without a doubt, one of the most appealing things about Harley-Davidson motorcycles is the fact that they’re essentially a blank canvas for customization. Sure, we like to get in the wind as much as anybody. But if you’re going to do so, you might as well do it while also showing off your own personal taste, no? And when it comes to bike styles, we’re huge fans of the gangster look. And this ’15 Harley Softail Deluxe, up for grabs over at Cycle Trader, exemplifies that style as good as any one we’ve seen lately.

It’s certainly a far cry from the stock Softail its started out as, that’s for sure. The build began with the removal of the factory gray pinstriping and a ceramic coating, which gives it more of a classy, monochrome look. To set off that deep black color, most everything else was updated with blindingly shiny chrome. Including a quintessentially old school DNA 21-inch, 60-spoke front wheel.

Harley Softail Deluxe

Next, you’ve got to give this Softail revamp the sound it needs to match those good looks. So a Samson true dual exhaust was installed. But in case you want to go all-out with the theme, a set of 33-inch fishtails come with the bike. Matched hardbags, a stretched rear fender, and Mustang Wide Tripper seat cap off the look. And of course, you’ve got to have a set of 16-inch Wild One Chubbies apes to hang on to while you’re out turning heads. Or working jobs.

Harley Softail Deluxe

But like Al Pacino in a tux, this bike’s got a Tommy gun under its coat. There’s also a massive stereo, underbody lighting, and an included air bag setup for good measure. As far as baggers go, this one’s about as good as it gets. A bit understated and classy, yet packing more than enough flash to get the job done. And what’s more gangster than that?

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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